BIOGRAPHY

Julie Cooper is an award-winning British composer, whose music is broadcast extensively on film, BBC television and radio channels, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 and all visual media worldwide. She has scored multiple cinematic orchestral and chamber albums for television drama, wildlife documentaries and film, along with numerous drama commissions for theatre, BBC Radio Drama and the concert platform. Her affinity for evocative, eclectic scores and versatility as an orchestrator enables bespoke soundscapes, ever-changing styles and genres created for the brief.

She is equally at home writing for solitary, haunting solo instruments as for the dramatic power of full orchestra, recording at Abbey Road and Angel Studios with London’s finest session musicians. Her album Haunted By The Secret on Universal’s dark Chappell Noir label, had two nominations for Best Score Production Music Track in The Production Music Awards, winning with her track ‘Game Of Trust’.

Her 2019 album releases include Cinematic Gamescapes on Universal’s Chappell label scored for cinematic games and films, and Symphonic Skies featuring the distinguished soprano Grace Davidson, released by Audio Network for panoramic aerial cinematography in film, television and advertising.  She is currently scoring an album for BBC Production Music with producer Clare Owens featuring the internationally acclaimed Sacconi Quartet.

For the concert platform, her commissions have ranged from percussion quartet to full orchestra and choir, with performances at high-profile venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, St.David’s Hall, Henley Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Spain’s International Music Festival Pórtico do Paraíso etc. The diverse range of musicians and instruments she has been fortunate to write for are a constant source of creative inspiration, including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Grace Davidson, Claire Moore, 4-Mality, The Locrian Ensemble of London, Justin Pearson, Andy Findon, Safri Duo, Nicholas McCarthy and contemporary urban dance company Union Dance.

Julie’s career began whilst studying composition at Cardiff University, receiving her first commission for television from BBC Wales. Early on she amassed an impressive list of theatre credits which include scores for: ‘Under Milk Wood‘ at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, ‘Macbeth‘ at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Temba Theatre’s production of ‘Black Sheep’  UK Tour and the Young Vic Theatre, Deborah Moggach’s debut play ‘Double Take‘ at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre and the UK tour of Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca‘. Her many soundtracks for BBC Radio 3 and 4 Dramas include Sartre’s trilogy The Roads To Freedom, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, as well as commercially scoring various ad campaigns for the Imagination Group.

She has been composer-in-residence and orchestrator since 2014 for the education project ‘Crazy Composers’, devised by BAFTA award-winning television producer Robert Howes in partnership with internationally acclaimed baroque orchestra The English Concert, Arts Council England and Buxton International Festival.

My sincere thanks to photographers Anna Hull, Marcus Maschwitz and Pennie Withers.

CREDITS

Symphonic Skies
Published by Audio Network
Cinematic Orchestral
Soprano Grace Davidson / Conductor Matt Slater
Atmospheric cinematic orchestral soundscapes featuring the haunting soprano vocal of Grace Davidson, inspired by the four elements of nature. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London.
Cinematic Gamescapes
Universal Production Music/Chappell
Film and Cinematic GamesSuspenseful orchestral scores for Cinematic Games and Film (multi-composer). Recorded at Angel Studios, London.
Haunted By The Secret
Universal Production Music/Chappell Noir
Winner of the Award for Best Score, The Production Music Awards 2016
Producer Clare Owens / Engineer Steve Price
Conductor Simon Hale
Cinematic Orchestral Psychological Crime Thriller – Film. Recorded at Angel Studios, London.
Widescreen Elegance
Universal Production Music/Chappell
Conductor Andrew Skeet
Producer Clare Owens / Engineer Steve Price
Cinematic Orchestral Drama – Film. Recorded at Angel Studios, London.
Human Stories
EMI Production Music
Producer Hannah King, Connie Edwards, Conductor Mike Dixon,
Engineer Andrew Dudman
Orchestral – TV Drama. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London.
Whispering Tales
Audio Network
Producer Andrew Sunnucks /Engineer Steve PriceChamber Ensemble – TV Drama/Wildlife. Recorded at Angel Studios, London.
Where The Water Flows
KPM/EMI Production Music
Conductor David Firman
Producer Hannah King
Engineer Gerry O’Riordan
Chamber Ensemble – TV/Film Drama. Recorded at Mark Angelo Studio, London.
Natural Life
De Wolfe Production Music
Conductor David Firman
Producer Warren De Wolfe
Engineer Gary Thomas
Chamber Ensemble – Wildlife/Natural History Documentary. Recorded at Angel Studios, London.
Piano Sketches
De Wolfe Production Music
Producer Warren De Wolfe
Engineer Gary Thomas
Piano – Drama - Wildlife/Natural History Documentary. Recorded at Angel Studios, London.
Country ChallengeYorkshire Television
Physical PursuitsITV/LWT
Innocent Drinks
‘Bolt From The Blue’
Television advertising campaign soundtrack
Imagination Group
Natwest, Ford, Accenture
Advertising campaign
‘Falling In Air’ - Symphonic SkiesJulie CooperBroadcast on ‘In The Park’ & ‘The Space’ programmesScala Radio
Tomorrow In The Battle Think On MeJavier MaríasDirector: Eoin O’CallaghanRadio 4
The Roads To Freedom Trilogy Jean-Paul SartreDirector: Alby James
Radio 4
The Winter’s Tale ShakespeareDirector: Eoin O’CallaghanRadio 3
Hedda Gabler IbsenDirector: Eoin O’Callaghan
Radio 3
Dr. Ibsen’s Ghosts Robert FergusonDirector: Ned ChailletRadio 3
Lady Susan Jane AustenDirector: Jocelyn Boxall
Radio 4
Under Milk WoodDylan ThomasDirector: Hugh WooldridgePlymouth Theatre Royal, Liverpool Playhouse
Macbeth William ShakespeareDirector: William GauntOpen Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London
Double Take Deborah MoggachDirector: Hugh WooldridgeChichester Festival Theatre
Angeli Ai Confini Nino D’IntronaDirector - Nino D’IntronaTeatro Dell’Angolo, Italy
+ Am Stram Gram, Geneva
Black Sheep Derrick CameronDirector: Alby JamesYoung Vic, London, UK Tour and Holland
Rebecca Daphne Du MaurierDirector: Hugh WooldridgeWindsor Theatre Royal, UK Tour
The Business of Murder Richard HarrisDirector: Hugh WooldridgeThorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, UK Tour
Galilean MoonsPianist Nicholas McCarthyPremiere St.Martin-in-the-Fields,
London, November 2019
LIGHTSolo Soprano Grace Davidson, clarinet Helen Paskins, cello Justin Pearson, piano
Julie Cooper
Premiere St.Martin-in-the-Fields, London (2018)
Still SilentSoprano Ellie Mead
The Locrian Ensemble and Locrian Singers of London
Cond. Paul Bateman
Lyric from Walter de La Mare’s poem ‘Snow’ by kind permission of the Walter De La Mare Literary Estate
Premiere St.Martin-in-the-Fields, London
(2013)
Sceptre of The Dove Flutes Andy Findon
The Locrian Ensemble of London
Conductor: David Firman
HRH Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Proms, SMITF
Premiere St.Martin-in-the-Fields (2012)
SEASONS Percussion Oliver Cox, The City Of London Philharmonic, Conductor Kevin Amos Devised by Hugh Wooldridge (2012)
Royal Albert Hall, London
Pride Of HonourOpening Fanfare of the 2011 Wales Festival Of Remembrance in
celebration of the Royal British Legion’s 90th Anniversary.
Conductor Major Denis Burton MBE
Premiere St.David’s Hall, Cardiff (2011)
Ad Astra Choral work, 2010 soprano performances by Annett Wardell and Claire
Moore , The Locrian Ensemble of London. Conductor David Firman.
Premiere St.Martin-in-the-Fields (2010)
Spirit Of The Sound Aidy Spillett’s percussion quartet 4-MALITY
UK Tour, Branscombe Festival, Portiso Do Paraiso International Music Festival
Premiere The Stables, Wavendon (2009)
CARIAD Cello: Justin Pearson
The Locrian Ensemble of London
Conductor: David Firman
UK Tour, Civic Hall Cork, The Helix Dublin
CD released on Cirrus Records 2009 (Amazon, iTunes, cdBaby, Spotify) recorded Angel Studios, London
Premiere St.Martin-in-the-Fields (2008)
Serenading Tides Chamber work featuring soprano Claire Moore, cello Nick Roberts and piano Julie CooperPremiere Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York (2007)
FourSquareFireDanceDance work performed by Union Dance to choreographed fireworks on the Thames.
Violin Ralph Allin, Saxophone Phil Todd, Percussion Alasdair Malloy, Piano Simon Hale/Julie Cooper
Henley Festival
(2004)
SEASONS Percussion The Safri Duo
Stage Band Rod Argent, Lucy Wakeford, Andy Findon, Phil Todd, Mitch Dalton, Jeremy Meehan, Harold Fisher, Kelvin Thomson, Julie Cooper, Stephen Disley, Claire Moore and the Brass Ensemble of the Welsh Guards.
Conductor: David Firman
Royal Albert Hall - London.
(November 1994)
SEASONSStage Band conducted by Andy Read.BBC Radio 2 : The Collins Collection presented by Stewart Collins.
SEASONSPercussion Dame Evelyn Glennie and Stage Band Gala performance. Conductor Michael Reed. Prose written for this performance by Christopher Fry, spoken by Dame Judi Dench, Imogen Stubbs, Jeremy irons & Robert Powell.
St.Paul's, London (December 1990)
SEASONSPercussion Dame Evelyn Glennie
Commissioned for Dame Evelyn Glennie and stage band by Chichester Festival. Conductor David Firman. Devised by Hugh Wooldridge
World Premiere Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Festival (July 1990)